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Stuart close, but not likely tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 14, 2010 04:05 PM

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Mark Stuart, one of four Bruins to skate this morning, said he's very close to playing. However, as of the skate's conclusion, Stuart had not been informed that he'd be in the lineup tonight. If Stuart doesn't play tonight against the Sharks, he could be back in uniform on Saturday against the Kings.

"It's tough when guys are dropping," Stuart said. "But it would do nobody any good if I come back too early and hurt myself again. Then we'd be even worse off."

  • Patrice Bergeron is still wearing the splint on his right thumb. But Bergeron remains in good spirits and could play on Monday against Ottawa. Bergeron spent part of last night's game catching up with old friend Martin Lapointe, now a scout for the Blackhawks. Bergeron lived with Lapointe his rookie year and credited the former Bruin with helping him adjust to NHL life. "Great to see him again," Bergeron said. "Great guy."
  • In what seems to be a road ritual, ex-Shark Marco Sturm is the latest to take shots from his current teammates. When Sturm arrives at HP Pavilion later today, he will find a life-sized cutout of himself wearing Sharks gear standing in his stall. Yesterday, an unknown visitor at the Honda Center placed a mural-sized black-and-white sketch of Shawn Thornton in an Anaheim jersey in front of the visiting dressing room. As expected, Thornton took plenty of heat.
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